With the release of VMware User Environment Manager 8.7 VMware added a number of new feature, all of which you will find in the VMware User Environment Manager Release Notes.
However, in this blog, I would like to call out two new features that help when deploying User Environment Manager alongside VMware Horizon 6.2. VMware’s EUC teams did a great job in my opinion getting these two great features added or enhanced to work with Horizon 6.2 in the latest releases.
Terminal Server Client IP Address or Terminal Server Client Name
The first feature, which has been enhanced to work with Horizon 6.2, is one I think will have a number of benefits. This feature gives support for detecting client IP and client names in Horizon View 6.2 and later. With this feature it is now possible to apply conditions based on the location of your physical device.
An example would be if a user connects to a virtual desktop or RDS host from their physical device in the corporate office, an application could be configured to map a drive to corporate data or configure a printer in the office. However, if the user connects to the same virtual desktop or RDS host from a physical device at home or on an untrusted network, and launches the same application, then the drive or printer may not be mapped to the application.
Another example would be to combine the Terminal Server Client IP Address or Terminal Server Client Name with a triggered task. This way you could connect/disconnect a different printer at login/logoff or disconnect/reconnect depending on where the user is connecting from.
To configure a mapped drive or printer that will be assigned when on a certain network, you would use the Terminal Server Client IP Address or Terminal Server Client Name condition as shown below.
If you choose to limit access via the physical client name, this can be done using a number of different options.
On the other hand, if you choose to limit access via the IP address, you can use a range of addresses.
Detect PCoIP and Blast Connections
The second great new feature is the ability to detect if the user is connecting to the virtual desktop or RDS host via a PCoIP or Blast connection.
The Remote Display Protocol setting was already in the User Environment Manager, but as you can see below it now includes the Blast and PCoIP protocols.
This feature has many uses, one of which could be to limit what icons a user sees when using a specific protocol.
An example would be maybe you only allow users to connect to their virtual desktops or RDS hosts remotely using the blast protocol, but when they are on the corporate network they use PCoIP. You could then limit applications that have access to sensitive data to only show in the start menu or desktop when they are using the PCoIP protocol to connect.
Of course you could also use the Terminal Server Client IP Address or Terminal Server Client Name to limit the user from seeing an application based on their physical IP address or physical name.
The examples in this blog are just a small number of uses for these great new and enhanced features, and I would encourage everyone to download User Environment Manager 8.7 and Horizon 6.2 to see how they can help in your environment.
Dale is a Senior Solutions Architect and member of the CTO Ambassadors. Dale focuses in the End User Compute space, where Dale has become a subject matter expert in a number of the VMware products. Dale has more than 20 years experience working in IT having started his career in Northern England before moving the Spain and finally the USA. Dale currently hold a number of certifications including VCP-DV, VCP-DT, VCAP-DTD and VCAP-DTA.
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